What do you get from the front page of USA Today, where two photos of the Apollo 11 flag were flying and no stars were visible?

I think that everyone with a certain intelligence understands that it looks like hanging a nylon flag in the gravity of the moon in a vacuum on a metal rod and adjusting the exposure of the camera for bright sunlight:

I think that everyone with an intelligence knows that when you reproduce such an image on the cover of the newspaper, you lose a lot of definition and contrast.

I think anyone with an intelligence before making statements or comments on one of the greatest and best documented achievements in history would try to figure out the adequacy of their impressions off the shelf by following Quora. one of my dozensearches searches for answers on this subject.

I think that anyone with an intelligence at this point should know that the Apollo missions landed early on the lunar morning and the sky appears dark only because the moon has no air to capture passing photons of sunlight and put them in the Camera (or scatter down eye) of an observer – but that the photons are still there and illuminate what they touch with greater energy than the power of the hottest midday sun on Earth.

Moreover, I believe that every intelligent person knows that stars are extraordinarily weak compared to sunlight, that night shots of stars require long exposure times and/ or a fast film and large apertures, and that each photo of a Astronauts in a white daylight spacesuit set to indicate stars would look something like this:

And I suspect that a really smart person will suspect that the above image, although it was created with GIMP and shows numerous shiny dust particles that got caught in the device while scanning the film, is still shrinking with Quora’s image processor. looks starless.

I think every intelligent person understands that all this is the reason why you can’t see stars in this picture (from the Atlantic).

… And why this overexposure of a guy on a hill with a spotlight looks surreal…

.. and why is here the murky red light used to capture the dark adaptation of the astronomers working inside becomes a beacon over the landscape in this long exposure, with which the Milky Way is to be captured …

.. and why you can’t see any stars in this las vegan strip photo:

I think intelligent people understand very well why you can’t and shouldn’t expect to see stars in photographs taken on the moon or other brightly lit objects in front of a dark sky.

I think people have a choice to make.

Do you want to be counted in the camp of intelligent people or in the camp of those who do not understand the basic principles of photography that every child should know, and yet want to question the best and brightest minds of our species?

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